Second knowledge brief on gender and civil registration and vital statistics released

July 16, 2019

IDRC and the Centre of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems have launched the knowledge brief Strengthening CRVS systems, overcoming barriers, and empowering women and children.

Woman and child laughing
IDRC / Tommy Trenchard

Published in partnership with Open Data Watch, this second set of papers on gender and CRVS aims to provide tools to representatives from government, international development organizations, and the research community to protect, provide for, and empower women and children around the world.

CRVS systems are essential to achieving better living standards for all by protecting human rights, empowering individuals, and promoting sustainable development. Women and children face the greatest barriers to access CRVS systems, yet they stand to benefit from them the most. Authored by CRVS systems experts, these papers address some of these barriers and offer solutions and actions.

One paper discusses the need for a life-course approach: registering vital events from birth to death — including marriage and divorce — in China, Morocco, and Syria. Other papers examine the social norms affecting the civil registration of women and girls in Guinea; discuss experiences with linking national ID and CRVS systems; and highlight the empowerment of women and girls through civil registration.

This second set of papers builds on the previous knowledge brief Why CRVS systems matter for women and girls, which made the case for strengthening CRVS systems to support gender equality.

At the heart of both sets of briefs is the recognition that each country needs to assess, build, and strengthen CRVS systems by using a gender lens to ensure that everyone counts and that everyone is counted.

Learn more about gender equality and CRVS systems.